Those who think of Riesling as light, delicate, and sweet have probably never experienced the Rieslings of Alsace. A sunny, dry region located on France’s border with Germany, Alsace is known for white wines. Its Rieslings often marry the opulence of all that sunshine with taut acidity and intense minerality. While some Alsatian Rieslings have residual sugar, most are dry and become even more layered over time. In the mood for a bright refresher but have a friend who thinks that everything lighter than a California Chardonnay is thin? Alsatian Riesling is a game-changer.

Learn more with VinePair’s illustrated guide to Riesling from Alsace below.

An Illustrated Guide to Riesling from Alsace - VinePair